There was a time when the most identified name in America was Joe. Actually it covered the world as well. The everyday Joe, G.I. Joe, a version of a Kangaroo, a cup of coffee. You name it and it was probably referred to as Joe at least sometime in the past. Today it’s not as common as people began to give more meaning to their children’s names like, “L’Orange” or “LaLemon” (For orange and lemon jello!) You know, names that no one can spell and no one has a clue what they mean, including the parent giving them out. It’s important to give your child an identity they can be proud of even if it takes them 30 years to figure out how to spell it.
How to celebrate – Find out more version of what the name Joe was used for. Have a cup of Joe. Make a list of famous Joe’s.
Today you are supposed to call everyone, and anyone, “Joe”. Why? You’ll have to ask Joe that. During World War two our soldiers were often called Joe since it was easy for our enemies to remember… and since a good number of soldiers at that time were actually named Joe. Coffee has been called Joe because of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels who ban alcohol on navy bases and tried to replace it with coffee during World War 1. “Joe” simply put, means common, in America’s terms. Not that there is anything common about anyone named Joe except for the name. So today let’s celebrate the Joes in your life – why not take them out for a cup o’ Joe.
How to celebrate – Read about G.I. Joe. Have a cup of Joe. Call everyone you see today Joe, or Jo.
If anyone needs a hug, it’s a GI. In case you missed it, a GI is a soldier, the GI standing for General Issue, which is what a soldier receives when first entering the service. Some GI’s may never see combat, others may spend most of their career in battle however most soldiers are placed far away from their families and friends and in need of a good hug… and a whole lot of our thanks! They probably will never ask us for it but who deserves it more?
How to celebrate – Hug a GI. Let a GI know you care. Send a virtual hug to a GI far away.
December 5th International Ninja Day
Ninja Burger created today in 2003, choosing this date because of the release on Tom Cruise’s “The Last Samurai”. There is a difference between a Ninja and a Samurai though most would be challenged to see the difference. The easy spot is a Samurai normal wears armor where a Ninja does not. Both are a sort of super soldier, one out in the open and the other often fights in silence. You really don’t want to meet up with either in a battle, you probably wouldn’t last long. Of course, you could always join the Mutant Ninja Turtles!
How to celebrate – Buy a Ninja outfit. See if you can sneak up in people in your family. (You might want to make sure they aren’t armed) Watch “The Last Samurai”.
If your name is “Joe”, or “Jo”, then today is your day. Perhaps it is the most common American name of all time. The name has been associated with soldiers, G.I. Joe being both a toy and a name used to describe American troops by countries that do not speak English. It also refers to coffee, “having a cup of Joe”. That’s because Americans have always been known for drinking so much coffee making it as common a drink as the name Joe. There is something comforting about the name Joe. Throughout history when an American was called Joe there was a pretty good chance their name was actually Joe! It’s not all that common anymore as we have begun to name our children names no one can say or understand. Ah, back when things were easier… so maybe having a “Joe” day is remembering when life was easier.
How to celebrate – Try to remember all the Joe’s you have known. Have a cup of Joe. Look at the changes G.I. Joe has gone through.
Today is the original President’s Day, it’s George Washington’s birthday. Washington was born in 1732. He spent most of his life before the Revolution as a soldier and planter, and in 1789 he became the first President of the United States. He had been offered to be made King but refused it realizing, among other things, the world did not need another King George! He would be President until 1797 when he retired, dying two years later on December 14th, 1799.
How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Read about Washington’s life. Visit Mount Vernon.
A hug goes a long way, to your mate, your children, your friends, and these are all the same people that make up GI’s. If you think about it, who needs a hug more than a soldier? They more often than not have to do things none of the rest of us have to do, they have to reason with unreasonable people and work in situations the rest of us hope to never be in. So offering them something as simple as a hug can reassure them that they are still a part of the human race and a valued member of society. We even hug our dogs, cats and other pets… and they don’t understand why… but a GI will. and if you don’t know what a GI is, it’s General Issue meaning the equipment every soldier receives.
How to celebrate – Hug a GI! Let a soldier know you care. If you can’t be with them, find a way to send them a hug.